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post #4 of (permalink) Old 9th December 2006
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You may wish to check that the car is on the correct wheels & tyres. It doesn't sound excessively high, but I know what you mean about the effects on fuel consumption & engine wear. It has to be balanced out with the torque characteristics of the engine - it would be more frustrating (and ironically less economical), if 5th gear was very high, and necessitated a change down whenever you hit a slight incline.

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